More and more people are now choosing to hang up their business suits to pursue their passions. They are exploring the possibility of turning their talents into full-time jobs. Bangalore, particularly, is full of entrepreneurs armed with B.Tech and B.E degrees. Wellness is an area that is seeing more interest than ever. But is teaching yoga, or any other fitness regimen for that matter, really for you? Below are five things to think about before you decide to step away from the laptop and don the latest fitness gear.
1. Can I handle the financial hit?
Be prepared to use your savings to fuel your passion. Figure out what you will do about your EMIs. After all, the home, car and education loans will not pay for themselves. Another important thing to factor in will be your future financial constraints. Are your kids gearing up for expensive schools and colleges? Have you been planning for an exotic family trip abroad?
2. How can I live on an uncertain income?
Speak to people who are already independent entrepreneurs. Ask them specific questions about how they manage their expenses knowing that they don't have a regular paycheck coming in at the end of every month. An erratic income will affect the way you live. You may not be able to indulge in the same hobbies, the same kind of entertainment, even the same brands of clothing... at least until after you've established yourself.
3. Do I have the right skills?
Another thing that you just can't ignore is the necessary skillset. Are you certified? If not, then get certified right away. You want a couple of certifications under your belt before you decide to jump on the fitness instructor bandwagon.
4. Am I talented enough?
Once you have the right skills (and remember, when it comes to fitness you can never be too over-qualified), try and judge if you have the talent. After all, if you are going to make a career out of something, then you want to make sure you are really really good at it. Offer to conduct free/donation-based classes at some gyms/institutes that you know of and ask for feedback. It's not a good idea to ask your family and friends for feedback because to them you're simply the best... better than all the rest. Instead, ask your institute for feedback. Know whom to trust when it comes to this.
5. Am I doing this for the right reasons?
Perhaps the most important thing to ask yourself is whether you want to change your career or you just need a break. Sometimes the boredom and ennui of your current job can be dealt with just by taking a long break. Take the maximum time you can afford. Something like a year is ideal. Indulge in a different routine. Immerse yourself in your hobbies. Sometimes a different perspective is all you need!
And remember - once you've spent time on the above list and decide to take the plunge, go for it wholeheartedly and keep at it with all you've got. Because if you decide to follow your passion, satisfaction and fulfillment are not far away!
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